Metastatic Breast Cancer Research

Our Why

When breast cancer spreads to other parts of the body, it is called metastatic. It is a treatable, but incurable form of breast cancer that is the leading cause of death in women under 50 years of age.

In 2014 Hope Scarves Founder, Lara MacGregor, was diagnosed with stage IV, metastatic breast cancer nearly 7 years after her original stage 2 diagnosis. While this news rocked our world it also strengthened our organization. It made us realize hope is not contingent on beating cancer. Now, we focus on living life over cancer. In 2015 we established a Metastatic Breast Cancer Research Fund to broaden how we bring hope to people facing cancer. A portion of each dollar donated to Hope Scarves goes toward MBC research. Or, you can give directly to this fund and 100% goes to research.


Hope Scarves’ biggest fans presenting first research donation in 2015.

Since 2015 Hope Scarves has raised $925,000, matched 1:1 for a total research investment of $1.85 million.

Today, we raise $150,000+ annually for research.

Hope Scarves is a member of the Metastatic Breast Cancer Alliance and an advocate partner of the MBC Project.

Lara advocated passionately to help people, especially breast cancer survivors, understand the importance of supporting stage IV survivors and investing in metastatic research. It was her hope to transform understanding of metastatic breast cancer to accelerate treatment options, extend and, one day, save lives of those living with metastatic breast cancer.

Lara passed away from metastatic breast cancer on January 18th, 2022 a the age of 45.

Meet Iffat Zahra

Iffat is 30 years old and facing Stage IV Metastatic Breast Cancer.  She lives her life over cancer by doing things that help others.  So there is no doubt why she is described by her friends as being courageous and kind-hearted. Iffat became connected to Hope Scarves when she read the story that traveled with […]

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